Yugoimport from Serbia introduces new artillery systems in the Asian market

Serbian Company Yugoimport introduces new artillery systems Aleksandar 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer and Sumadija multi-caliber MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) in the Asian military market at the Defense and Security Thailand 2017 exhibition in Bangkok.

Sumadija multi caliber MLRS Yugoimport at Defense and Security Thailand 2017 in Bangkok 925 001
Scale model of Yugoimport Sumadija multi-caliber MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) at Defense and Security Thailand 2017 in Bangkok.

The Sumadija is a multi-caliber MLRS which was launched during the defense exhibition Partner in June 2017, the rocket launcher system is mounted on a KAMAZ 8x8 military truck chassis fitted with an armoured cab at the front.

The Sumadija can fire two types of rocket, the Jerina 1 guided rockets and Jerina 2 unguided rockets. The Jerina 1 is a 400mm INS/GPS-guided missile with a range of 285 km with a 200-kg warhead. The Jerina 2 is a 267mm calibre unguided rocket with a range of 75 km and 110 kg warhead.

To fire the Jerina 1 missile, the Sumadiaj can be fitted with two to four tube launchers each containing two missiles. With the use of the Jerina 2 unguided rocket, the vehicle can be fitted with four modules of 3 tube launchers offering the possibility to carried a total of 12 unguided rockets.

Aleksandar 155mm self propelled howitzer Yugoimport at Defense and Security Thailand 2017 in Bangkok 925 002Yugoimport Aleksandar 155 8x8 self-propelled howitzer at Partner defense exhibition in Serbia.

The Aleksandar 155mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer was also launched during the Serbian defense exhibition in June 2017. This new artillery system is based on the NORA B-52, a 155 mm/52-caliber self-propelled howitzer weapon system also developed in Serbia by Yugoimport.

The main feature of the new Aleksandar is the use of a fully automatic loading system mounted at the rear of main gun which has a total of 12 rounds ready to the fire.

To increase the speed for the reload of ammunition, 12 additional ammunition are stored in a storage box located at the rear of the crew cab. In a few seconds, the automatic loading system can be reloaded and continue firing operations.

The Aleksandar has a maximum firing range of 32,5 km with standard ammunition and 52 km with the 155 mm HE ERFB RA/BB (VLAP), a new generation of very long range artillery projectiles designed for importantly improving operational range performances of a modern towed and self-propelled 155 mm gun - howitzers with 39, 45 and 52 caliber barrel length.